TBR: October 2021

Well here we are at the end of September somehow, with October peering around the corner it is time to set a TBR for the month ahead.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise.

For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León, half man, half monster and last remaining silversaint – a sworn brother of the holy Silver Order dedicated to defending the realm from the creatures of the night – is all that stands between the world and its end.

Now imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope:

The Holy Grail.

To be honest given the size of this one it could probably make up my entire monthly TBR on its own! Its been waiting for me to pick it up and read it ever since it arrived a couple of weeks ago in all its purple and silver glory (I was lucky enough to snag a Goldsboro copy) but its had to wait as I was busy packing boxes to move house. I can’t wait to stuck in to this one, fingers crossed it lives up to expectation.

Warlord Arcanist by Shami Stovall

Kings. Dragons. The start of an all-consuming war.

As the twelve god-creatures appear in the world, nations brace for a inevitable struggle. Some have allied themselves with the Second Ascension in return for power and protection, but the Frith Guild aims to form a counter alliance.

Volke Savan, along with the other arcanists of the Frith Guild, must not only find a way to end the arcane plague once and for all, but prevent the remaining god-creatures from falling into the hands of their enemies. If the Frith Guild can form an alliance between powerful nations, and defeat the Autarch before he bonds with any god-creatures, perhaps a war can be prevented.

But the dragon arcanists of distant lands have come to challenge Volke and test his worthiness. Despite the ever-mounting pressures, and lack of time, Volke is determined to not only convince the world’s strongest arcanists of his worth, but to also defeat the god-arcanists of the Second Ascension long before the appearance of the dreaded apoch dragon.

The next book in the superbly readable Arcanist series by Shami Stovall, this one arrived on my kindle on publication day and I really want to catch up with Volke, Fain, Illia and the others as more God-creatures emerge.

A Fatal Night by Faith Martin

As a snowstorm rages outside, Oxford high society gathers to ring in the new year at the city’s most exclusive party. This is a soiree no one will forget… not least because a guest is found dead in his car the next morning.

It seems the young man tragically froze to death overnight after crashing into a snowdrift – but when WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder are called in to investigate, they discover a tangled web of secrets that plainly points to murder.

With everyone telling different stories about that fateful night, only one thing is clear: several people had reason to want the victim dead.

And if Trudy and Clement don’t find the cracks in each lie, the killer will get away with the perfect crime…

The next in the Loveday and Rider series by Faith Martin, I have a copy of this from Netgalley. I’ve enjoyed the others in this 1960’s based crime series. I wonder what our intrepid duo will find this time?

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